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Visitors to Disneyland California hit by Legionnaires disease

Visitors to Disneyland California hit by Legionnaires disease

The two cooling towers are located in a backstage area behind the New Orleans Square train station area of the theme park.

According to Legionella.Org, "Legionnaires' disease is a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia It's caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila found in both potable and non-potable water systems". The age of the other patients range from 52 to 94, the Orange County Health Care Agency said Friday. One person "with additional health issues" died and was not among those who visited the theme park, the Times reported.

Disney shut down the two water cooling towers after officials detected high levels of the bacteria from the virus, according to reports. Disney took the towers out of service on November 1, performed more testing and disinfection, and brought them back into service on November 5.

American authorities are investigating 12 cases of the bacterial lung infection that affected people living in or visiting Anaheim, California.

Legionnaires' disease is not contagious between humans.

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It's caused by the bacterium Legionnella pneumophilia.

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 13: Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue at Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Holiday Castle and "Believe In Holiday Magic" Fireworks spectacular held at Disneyland Resort on December 13, 2007 in Anaheim, California. While many people have no symptoms, it can cause serious pneumonia and prove unsafe to those with lung or immune system problems. "They have indicated there is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities".

Legionnaires' disease can be spread through inhaling droplets from contaminated water sources. The towers were chemically treated to combat the problem, and there is no ongoing threat to guests' health, the Register reports. It brought the towers back into service November 5, but two days later, they were taken out of service again, she said.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics. Soon after, an order was issued by the health agency requiring preventing Disney from reopening the towers before health officials verified that they were free from Legionella contamination.